Business news :Marine Products Corporation reports third quarter 2012 financial results

Press Release
ATLANTA, October 24, 2012 – Marine Products Corporation (NYSE: MPX) announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass boats under two brand names: sterndrive and inboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Xtreme Towboats, Signature Cruisers and Premiere Sport Yachts, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, Marine Products generated net sales of $38,494,000, a 73.0 percent increase compared to $22,254,000 last year. The increase in net sales was due to a 125.1 percent increase in the number of boats sold, partially offset by a 23.9 percent decrease in the average selling price per boat. Average selling prices reflect significantly higher unit sales of our value-priced Chaparral H2O and Robalo sport fishing boats. Both of these products carry lower average selling prices than the other models in our lineup.

Gross profit for the quarter was $7,374,000, or 19.2 percent of net sales, compared to a gross profit of $4,634,000, or 20.8 percent of net sales, in the prior year. Gross profit in the third quarter of 2012 increased compared to the prior year due to higher sales. As a percentage of net sales, however, gross profit decreased due to higher materials costs as a percentage of net sales for our value-priced Chaparral H2O and Robalo sport fishing boats, partially offset by increased efficiencies from higher production volumes.
Operating profit for the quarter increased by 85.6 percent to $2,773,000 compared to $1,494,000 in the third quarter of last year due to increased net sales and gross profit, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased due to increases in expenses that vary with sales and profitability, such as incentive compensation, sales commissions and warranty expense.

Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $2,110,000 compared to net income of $1,200,000 in the prior year. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.06 compared to $0.03 per share in the prior year.

Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $114,797,000, an increase of 46.2 percent compared to the first nine months of 2011. Net income for the nine-month period was $5,915,000 or $0.16 earnings per diluted share, compared to net income of $3,095,000, or $0.08 earnings per diluted share in the prior year.

Richard A. Hubbell, Marine Products’ Chief Executive Officer stated, “Overall market conditions continued to improve, and Marine Products Corporation participated in this market improvement through the ongoing success of our value-priced Chaparral H2O and Robalo models, which have generated strong appeal to our retail customers. In general, we believe that the selling conditions for recreational boats have improved due to moderately stronger consumer sentiment and a stabilizing residential real estate market. Some of the best evidence of this is the success of our newer models and the significant market share gains that we have achieved in 2012. During the first six months of 2012, our retail market share in the 18 to 35-foot sterndrive fiberglass market increased to 11.8 percent, compared to 8.4 percent during the 12 months ended December 31, 2011. Our market share increased the most in the market in which Chaparral’s H2O participates.

“During the third quarter we held our annual dealer meeting, and introduced expanded offerings in the value-priced Chaparral and Robalo models for the 2013 model year, as well as two new Chaparral SSX models which have the same styling and features as our popular Chaparral 327 SSX. Our current product line including the enhanced H2O lines were well received by our dealers and have already led to additional orders. Also during the third quarter, we were awarded our fifth consecutive National Marine Manufacturer’s Association Customer Satisfaction Index Award in all of our product lines. At the end of the third quarter of 2012, our dealer inventory was slightly higher than at the end of the second quarter,
but order backlog continues to be high due to strong dealer demand. During the fourth quarter of 2012 we will continue to observe dealer inventories, but we also believe that our order backlog will continue to support our current production levels. We are very pleased with our third quarter results and the strong 2012 retail selling season; however, we continue to monitor the economic environment for changes in consumer confidence and other factors affecting dealer and retail demand.

“At its regular quarterly meeting yesterday, our Board of Directors voted to declare a special year-end dividend in addition to our regular quarterly cash dividend. This special dividend of $0.55 per share is in addition to our normal quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share. Both dividends will be paid on December 10, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 9, 2012. This special dividend represents a prudent return of capital to shareholders in an immediate and tangible manner. We also note our balance sheet will remain strong and liquid following payment of this dividend and will continue to support our sales growth and allow us to pursue strategic opportunities to enhance our shareholder value over the long term,” concluded Hubbell.

Marine Products Corporation will hold a conference call today, October 24, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the results for the third quarter. Interested parties may listen in by accessing a live webcast in the investor relations section of Marine Products’ website at www.marineproductscorp.com. The live conference call can also be accessed by calling (888) 438-5519 or (719) 325-2454 and using the conference ID #1048966. A replay of the conference call will be available in the investor relations section of Marine Products’ website beginning approximately two hours after the call.

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